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An AMBER Alert has been issued for a missing 16 year-old girl in Independence, Mo.

INDEPENDENCE, MO – Police in Independence, Missouri, have issued an Amber Alert for a teen who was last seen dropping a friend off at school on Wednesday morning.

Makenzie R. Green, 16, was last seen dropping a friend off at school in Grain Valley at 7:30 a.m. this morning. Her car was later found in a parking lot in Independence, Missouri with her cell phone, purse and belongings.

According to police, Green recently ended a relationship with her boyfriend, Curtis Lee Hagey, 16, and is believed to be with him. Authorities say that Hagey has recently made harmful threats toward her, and police and family are in fear for her safety.

Makenzie Green is described as white, 5’4″ and 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing a blue Eagles sweatshirt and black Under Armor sweatpants.

If you have any information regarding Makenzie Green, please contact the Independence Police Department at 816-325-7333, or the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.

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AMBER Alert-Independence
She hasn’t been listed at the Independence Police Department AMBER Alert link nor at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children AMBER Alert page hours after the alert has been activated which hopefully suggests she has been found. If not, why the delay?

Update 09-29-09: Independence cancels Amber Alert

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The U.S. Department of Justice is hosting the National Amber Alert Training Symposium in Tampa, Florida. Some of the discussions are concerning the success of the AMBER Alert system. But, is the AMBER Alert criteria too strict thus not used often enough?

Earlier this year in Florida, A 6-year-old boy,  Adji Desir, went missing in Immokalee, Fl. An AMBER Alert was not issued because authorities believe he is missing and not abducted.

IMMOKALEE — It is every parent’s worst nightmare.

As the search for 6-year-old Adji Desir entered its 24th hour Sunday, more information about the boy emerged, though officials continue to regard the boy to be missing and not abducted. For that reason, said Collier County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michelle Batten, an Amber Alert has not been issued for the boy.

“We did not put out an Amber Alert because it’s not a confirmed abduction,” said Batten. “He’s missing. He walked out of his house. Nobody saw anyone take him. Nobody saw him get into a car, that we know of.”

Adji, who was described as 3 feet tall, 45 pounds, with short black hair and dark eyes, is developmentally disabled, according to his family. He understands Creole, his family’s dialect, but is nonverbal and has the intellect of a toddler.

Last week, in Orange Park, Florida an AMBER Alert was issued for Somer Thompson whose body was later found in a Georgia landfill. The alert was activated the day after she was reported missing. Ironically, like Adji, Nobody saw anyone take her. Nobody saw her get into a car, that we know of. She was last seen running ahead of her siblings on her way home from school.

Amber Alert’s record shows it can make a crucial difference

In Texas, leaders there credit a network of regional communications for its 100 percent success rate. Since 2002, 42 Amber Alerts have been issued; they have all resulted in happy endings, said Al Lowe, a regional Amber Alert coordinator in Texas.

Similarly, in New York since 2000, children in all 25 Amber Alert cases were reunited with their families.

Florida, meanwhile, has issued 147 Amber Alerts since 2000. Investigators successfully resolved 142 of those cases. Hodges took a closer look at the cases and discovered that in 45 of them, people indicated that the system played a direct role in the child’s recovery.

Last week an AMBER Alert was activated and cancelled for Mitchell Romero in Denver City, Texas. There has been no happy ending for him yet.

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The Amber Alert for a missing Denver City toddler has been canceled.

The Texas Department of Public Safety issued an Amber Alert for 3-year-old Mitchell Romero on Friday. The search was discontinued about 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. Officials have not yet located the child.

Though most people would agree the AMBER Alert can be an instrumental tool in finding missing children, there still is much debate as to whether the criteria to activate them is too strict. There are 342 missing children listed at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children for Florida,202 for Texas and 112 for New York. Most of them did not meet the criteria for an AMBER Alert to be activated.

According to a Washington State, 2006 Child Abduction Murder Study, time is of the essence when a child goes missing.

In 76 percent of the missing children homicide cases studied, the child was dead within three hours of the abduction–and in 88.5 percent of the cases the child was dead within 24 hours.

It would be interesting to know the average time it takes for law enforcement to activate an AMBER Alert.

Related Post: AMBER Alert time between missing and recovery

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Somer Thompson will be laid to rest on Tuesday. Her body was discovered at the Chesser Island Landfill in Folkston, Ga last week after she vanished while walking home from school. Her killer has not been caught.

Memorial for Somer, reward money grow

Reward
First Coast Crime Stoppers and the Justice Coalition announced a combined reward of $32,500 for tips leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. Call the Sheriff’s Office at (877) 227-6911 or Crime Stoppers at (866) 845-8477 (845-TIPS) to remain anonymous or e-mail CART@claysheriff.com.

How to contribute
Anyone interested in assisting the family with expenses related to Somer’s death can do so at any area VyStar Credit Union. A bank account has been set up in the name of Somer Thompson with the account number 0702794000. Residents and businesses wishing to donate to the reward should contact the Justice Coalition at (904) 783-6312 or Crime Stoppers at (866) 845-8477 (845-TIPS). The Justice Coalition also has set up an account, number 3123504437, for people to donate to the reward at two Ameris Bank locations in Jacksonville – 888 Lane Ave. and 4835 Town Center Parkway.

Rally
A rally and fundraiser in support of the family will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Orange Park Town Hall, 2042 Park Ave. There will be an auction, bounce house, bake sale and more.

Funeral
Visitation (open): 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of Orange Park, 1140 Kingsley Ave. Memorial service (open): 11 a.m. Tuesday at same location.Graveside service and burial (private): Tuesday, immediately following memorial service, Jacksonville Memory Gardens, 111 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park (procession from Kingsley Avenue to Blanding Boulevard to cemetery property). Reception (private): Tuesday, immediately following burial, First Baptist Church of Orange Park.

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Elizabeth Olten, 9, left her friend’s house in St. Martins, Mo. around dusk on the evening of October 21, 2009. When she didn’t return home a short time later, her parents called police to report her missing.

Body of missing Missouri girl found; juvenile in custody

Authorities searching for a missing Cole County, Mo., girl have found a body and arrested a juvenile described as a “person of interest” in the case, authorities announced this afternoon.

The body of Elizabeth Olten, 9, of St. Martins was found deep in the woods away from the initial search area, Cole County Sheriff Greg White announced in a televised press conference. Authorities also recovered Elizabeth’s cell phone, he said.

The person of interest is an older juvenile who was acquainted with Elizabeth, White said. He did not provide the juvenile’s age or say how he knew Elizabeth.

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“We’re coming for you. We’re gonna get you”, is Deina THompson’s warning in this video. Does Deina have a hunch who the person is or is she in shock and speaking in generalities? When asked about what she would say to “them”, after describing one bad apple, Deina Thompson’s response (at approximately the 1.23 mark of the video) was, “I don’t know, I mean it could be my …..” before stopping herself. Who she may have been referring to is unclear.

Search the The Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW), 171 hits from Florida Zip-code (32073) for City Orange Park, County Clay

Search Florida Sexual Offender/Predator Registry

Address Searched 1643 MILLER ST (Grove Park Elementary School)
ORANGE PARK , FL 32073
Radius 5 Miles
Offenders/Predators found 130

Search Family Watchdog registered offender map
search criteria: 32073
254 offenders
10 non-mappable offenders

Dense Population of Sex Offenders in Fla. Case Is Alarmingly Typical

Law enforcement officials have interviewed at least 75 registered sex offenders who live within a 5-mile radius of the second grader’s home on Orange Park, Fla., but state officials say there are some 161 convicted offenders in that area.

 

It makes you wonder how many offendors there really are.

Top 16 Lures Of Child Predators

Stranger Danger and child lures

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